Creator: Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett (born on July 21, 1978) is an American actor and producer, best known for his heartthrob image in the early 2000s.Many consider his acting skills to be debatable, but some of his early performances (namely, Trip Fontaine in The Virgin Suicides and Hugo in "O") were well received by the critics, proving that the guy was not just a pretty face. Sadly, he soon became every girl's celebrity crush and got swallowed up in the hype that brought in lame movies and lazy acting, culminating with the 2001 disaster Pearl Harbor.Known for his 6-foot, 3-inch frame, deep voice and a prominent beauty mark on his neck, Hartnett was considered one of the main teen sex symbols (and one of the few reasons people actually went to see Pearl Harbor). He's also more famous for his relationships with celebrity beauties, such as Scarlett Johansson and Rihanna, than for his acting achievements.After the hype has died out, Josh opted for a change in his career, turning to smaller, indie films or more serious directors. Some of these attempts proved to be huge flops (such as Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia), but he has landed several decent performances. Probably his best performance to date was in a little-known film, Mozart and the Whale, where he played a character with Asperger Syndrome, and his excellent performance in the sadly underrated Lucky Number Slevin. Seems to be undergoing a Career Resurrection as gunslinger Ethan Chandler on Penny Dreadful.
His films include:
- Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. (1998)
- The Faculty. (1998)
- The Virgin Suicides. (1999)
- Blow Dry (marked by an atrocious attempt at a Yorkshire accent). (2001)
- Town And Country (2001)
- Pearl Harbor. (2001)
- "O" (2001)
- Black Hawk Down. (2001)
- Forty Days And Forty Nights (in which his character was raped by a woman). (2002)
- Hollywood Homicide. (2003)
- Wicker Park. (2004).
- Sin City. (2005)
- Mozart And The Whale. (2005)
- Lucky Number Slevin. (2006)
- The Black Dahlia. (2006)
- 30 Days of Night. (2007)
- August. (2008)
- I Come With the Rain. (2009)
- Bunraku (2010)
He provides examples of:
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Celeb Crush: Especially back in 2001.
- Doing It for the Art: He was never particularly enthused about the sex symbol niche people tried to shoehorn him into and the bland lead roles that came with that association. Rather than pursue mainstream success, he started turning to smaller indie roles that he found more intersting.
- Dull Surprise: His early acting style is often described as wooden and uninspired.
- Fan Nickname: Hotnett. He reportedly hates it.
- Hollywood Hype Machine: And a strong one indeed. He was called the Next Big Thing in the early 2000s, but he gradually vanished from the spotlight and today is known for smaller, indie films.
- Old Shame:
- Forty Days And Forty Nights is still hailed as one of the most sexist, offensive sex "comedies" of all time.
- He doesn't seem terribly fond of Halloween H20.
- Money, Dear Boy: Apparently, the only reason he agreed to do Pearl Harbor. Subverted later, when he turned down a $10 million offer for the Superman movie.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Shirtless Scene: Too many to count. Forty Days And Forty Nights feature several ones, and he spends good amount of screen time in Lucky Number Slevin wearing nothing but a towel.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Vocal Dissonance: Some people claimed his voice was too deep for his cute boy face.